The most subversive and gloriously unexpected novel you'll ever read about the end of a marriage and its aftermath.
Always let the meat rest under foil for at least ten minutes before carving...
Meet Lizzie Prain. Ordinary housewife. Fifty-something. Lives in a cottage in the woods, with her dog Rita. Likes cooking, avoids the neighbours. Runs a little business making cakes.
No one has seen Lizzie's husband, Jacob, for a few days. That's because last Monday, on impulse, Lizzie caved in the back of his head with a spade. And if she's going to embark on the new life she feels she deserves after thirty years in Jacob's shadow, she needs to dispose of his body. Her method appeals to all her practical instincts, though it's not for the faint-hearted. Will Lizzie have the strength to follow it through?
Dark, funny and achingly human, Season to Taste is a deliciously subversive treat. In the shape of Lizzie Prain, Natalie Young has created one of the most remarkable heroines in recent fiction.
Natalie Young was born in London in 1976. She studied English at Bristol University and published her first novel, We All Ran Into the Sunlight, in 2011 while working as the Arts and Books Editor of Prospect Magazine. For several years before that she bought books for serialisation in The Times and contributed regularly to the Books section and to the Saturday Review. Season to Taste or How to Eat Your Husband was published to great critical acclaim and commercial success in the UK in 2014 and has sold into a further seven foreign territories. Natalie is now writing the screenplay for Season to Taste while also working on her third novel as part of a Creative Writing PhD at Goldsmiths, University of London. She lives in London with her two children.
A stomach-turning and terrific novel...a brilliant and literal dissection of a marriage — The Times
Engrossingly depicts not only bodily appetite but the deepest emotional hunger pangs of being human...compulsively readable — Observer
Daring, groundbreaking and original — Irish Independent
One of the most talked-about books of the year...filled with black humour — Daily Mail
Stomach-churning and terrific — The Times
An enjoyable feast of anger - witty and poised — Deborah Levy, author of Swimming Home
'Season to Taste is written in a laconic, pared-down style that immediately brings to mind Camus' L'Etranger. If that seems a somewhat grand comparison, it is not, for Young's book is one of those rare beasts - a literary novel of ideas written in simple language that could be both a university set text and a supermarket bestseller' — Tom Tivnan, The Bookseller
Set to be one of the most talked about - and most gruesome - books of 2014 — The Sunday Times
Young delivers an authentic portrait of a neglected marriage, and her light and compelling prose carries this macabre tale along — The List
Season to Taste is a modern-day fable about the end of love and moving on. Natalie Young has given us a shockingly, thrillingly new vantage on a timeless story of marriage's demise — Stefan Merill Block, author of The Story of Forgetting
2014's most talked-about novel — Harper's Bazaar
'Brilliantly disturbing... echoes of Roald Dahl's dark adult fiction... fascinating in the most gruesome way. Delicious!' — Image
Move over Fifty Shades, there's a brand new genre whipping the publishing world into a murderous frenzy — Evening Standard
Young has created one of the most memorable literary anti-heroines... A beautifully nuanced and gentle portrayal of a quietly desperate woman — Sunday Express
If prizes were given out for this year's most unreliable narrator, Lizzie Prain would be the one to beat — New York Times
This darkly funny book will leave you craving more as Young charts the extraordinary disposal process with unerring and at times uncomfortable detail and triumphs by blending social satire with biting wit — Daily Express
A wholly unique and brilliantly witty dark comedy — Heat
I couldn't resist...Tasty! — Woman and Home
Dark and twisted, but beautifully written with a sprinkling of humour — Stylist
Not for the faint-hearted, this is a brilliant dark tale of an unassuming woman trying to cook her way out of her murderous predicament — Closer
Is this the female American psycho? Quite possibly — Grazia
Young is relentless in poking our food-obsessed culture right in the eye. This book, however, is so much more than a slicing satire. It is a thriller in the truest sense. I swallowed it whole, eager and enthralled. The narrative is crisp and snappy, the dialogue sparse, the pace never skips a beat. Lizzie Prain's isolation is palpable, her despair is as hot and urgent as her blind panic. It is a rare gem, this novel, appealing to the popular fiction market and equally providing a gluttonous feast for the literati — Irish Independent
Young writes in a wonderfully detached, dry-as-a-bone (!) style. A thunderclap, definitely — Daily Mail